University of California Berkeley
Undergraduate - Engineering
FOR BEING A MINI MUSK:
Before the top graduating senior at UC Berkeley started his freshman year in college, Tyler Chen began looking for a superstar team to bring one of Elon Musk’s futuristic visions to life – a levitating train that shoots through a vacuum tube at 750-plus mph. Two years later, the team found themselves at the 2017 finals of SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition with their prototype Hyperloop Pod. Unfortunately, Chen’s vehicle glitched and was unsuccessful at the competition. This glitch was just a small roadbump for Tyler Chen, who went on to develop assistive devices for quadriplegia and new chemistries for single-cell genomics. Upon graduation, Chen completed a joint major in materials science and bioengineering, maintained a near-perfect GPA of 3.96, and continued his training as a 3rd-degree black belt in Taekwondo. He was the recipient of Berkeley’s highest honor for a graduating senior, the University Medal – providing him with the privilege of addressing his graduating class at commencement. After graduating, Chen will start his Ph.D. studies in bioengineering as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University.